Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that develops if the median nerve is compressed on the palm side of the wrist. It may result in a numb or tingling sensation, reduced function in the index or middle finger, or reduced strength and shrinkage in the thumb.

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What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the sensory nerve to the fingers becomes irritated, causing tingling in the fingers and pain in the hands – especially at night. It is a condition that causes a lot of discomfort and irritation, and therefore it’s a good idea to try to avoid developing it in the first place. If you’re in a situation where you’ve already been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, there are luckily some things that you can do to try to ease the situation.

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What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel and can lead to symptoms developing in the hand and some fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome is generally a condition that develops in connection with overstraining due to one-sided repetitive movements during work. Hairdressers, machine operators, abattoir and industrial workers, writers and people who work a lot with a keyboard and computer mouse are particularly at risk. However, it can also be caused by other illnesses or injuries. The diagnosis is usually made based on the typical symptoms, following an examination of the hand and arm.

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How can carpal tunnel syndrome be treated?

Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome will often involve relieving the strain on the hand, such as with a wrist splint, but it may also be advisable to try to avoid the activity/movement that caused the condition. If it’s due to using a mouse, you should see whether you can change the way you use the mouse or swap it for an ergonomic mouse, such as RollerMouse. It may also be a good idea to take a closer look at your keyboard, as its tilt may be crucial for the strain on the wrist and fingers. In some cases, surgery may be necessary, and you may also need to do various exercises to stretch the affected area, which can help alleviate pain and discomfort.

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Can carpal tunnel syndrome be avoided completely?

However, you can minimise the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome by being aware of the risk factors. Therefore, if you’re an office worker and spend a lot of hours in front of the computer, it’s a good idea to investigate howyou work with your keyboard and computer mouse and how to achieve the best working position before you begin to notice pain or discomfort.

Note: If you develop symptoms of mouse arm that might be related to your job, you should speak to your employer or health and safety representative (HSR). If you work a lot with a computer, you can investigate the possibility of changing your work assignments or swapping your traditional computer mouse for an ergonomic mouse, as this may contribute to relieving your pain. If your symptoms persist, we advise you to contact your doctor.

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